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EIM Sri Lanka - Aiding the NCD division of the Ministry of Health

July 6, 2021 by Upul Madahapola, MBBS, D.Sp.Med (Col)
In 2015, the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine in Sri Lanka identified non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as the most pressing health concern in the country, releasing a National Multisectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2016-2020, and tasking the national NCD unit to execute this plan. The goal of the NCD […]
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Inactivity Linked to Severe COVID-19

April 22, 2021 by James Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM and Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM
Starting March 2020, near the beginning of the pandemic, exercise scientists and clinicians published blogs about the mechanisms by which physical activity could likely reduce harm from COVID-19. There was strong evidence that physical activity improves immune function, reduces inflammation, prevents and treats most common chronic diseases, decreases the psychological and physiological burden of stress, and improves […]
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The EASY Tool: PA Screening for Older Adults

April 8, 2021 by Marcia Ory, PhD, MPH, Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP and Michael Rogers, PhD, FACSM
Admonishments about the negative health consequences of being physically inactive abound—and such concerns are important throughout the entire life-course. We now know that being more physically active at any level is associated with better physical, mental, and cognitive health for the growing number of older adults throughout the world. Yet, being encouraged to be more […]
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Update on the EIM Global Health Network

March 30, 2021 by Mark Stoutenberg, PhD, MSPH, FACSM and Robyn Stuhr, MA, ACSM-CEP, RCEP
Although the situation is different in every country, there is a glimmer of light regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with increased vaccine distribution on the way. At this pivotal moment, we want to take a moment to reflect upon the growth and development of the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Global Network and our emergence from the […]
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Pilates in the Clinical Space

March 22, 2021 by Dominique Flores, BS, RN
Pilates, named after the creator Joseph Pilates, has earned recognition as a global fitness discipline. The growing popular exercise methodology was brought to New York City in 1926 after the German “nurse-physiotherapist” (Di Lorenzo, 2011) emigrated to the United States and began teaching his method to ballerinas and Hollywood celebrities. It has become popular among […]
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USPSTF Recommendation — A Game Changer for Lifestyle Counseling

February 4, 2021 by Joseph Ihm, MD, FACSM and Liz Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM
In November 2020, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an updated recommendation regarding behavioral counselling  to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adults. The recommendation states that healthcare providers should offer or refer individuals 18 years or older, with known CVD risk factors (e.g., hypertension or elevated blood pressure or dyslipidemia), to behavioral […]
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Enhance®Fitness Adapts to Keep Older Adults Moving during COVID

January 14, 2021 by Paige Denison
The average person in the US reaching the age of 65 years can expect to live another 20 years. For most older adults, good health supports continuing independence, security, and productivity. Unfortunately, millions struggle with health challenges like diabetes, arthritis, falls, mobility impairments and depression. The health of these older adults is of great concern […]
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EIM Australia Launches Hospital Education Program

November 6, 2020 by EIM Australia
At the beginning of 2020, Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Australia was preparing to launch the Hospital Education Program, delivered in partnership with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). This program involves the delivery of 30-60 minute presentations to medical interns in the hospital system, presented by Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) […]
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Physical Activity, COVID-19 and Older Adults

November 6, 2020 by EIM Older Adults Committee; Kate Edwards, Ph.D.; Garrett Kellar, Ed.D.; David Marquez, Ph.D.; Jeff Schlicht, Ph.D.
Before the onset of COVID-19 older adults were known to be more isolated than others. Now family and friends see older adults less often, especially when they reside in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, where infections rates and deaths have been high and visitors are restricted. (data from CMS here; guidance from CDC here). Because older […]
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UNC Aims to Develop Culture of Wellness on Campus Despite Pandemic

October 20, 2020 by Kathleen Stanford, B.S., R.T.(R), RCIS Alexander Pomeroy, C.P.T. Lauren C. Bates, ACSM-CEP Kyle Tamminga, M.D. Thevy Chai, M.D. Justin B. Moore FACSM Lindsay Brookey ACSM-RCEP Lee Stoner Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM, ACSM-EIM, ACSM-RCEP
Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC), a global initiative among college campuses, connects campus health providers with exercise professionals to provide an exercise plan for patients. The program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) was established in 2016 and recently was awarded “gold status” for its efforts by the American College of […]
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EIM Partner: Hancock Wellness Center

August 24, 2020 by Cory Hisle, M.S.
The Hancock Wellness Center is owned and operated by Hancock Health, a not-for-profit hospital in Greenfield, IN. Hancock Health’s mission statement is “to be a caring community partner by healing, improving health and wellness, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness one person at a time.”  We try to embody this mission statement in every program […]
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EIM Japan - Advocacy, Opportunity and Alignment

August 17, 2020 by Shinji Sato
Japan, land of the rising sun, is globally recognized for many unique contributions to our global culture – sushi, kimonos, bowing and sumo wrestling to name a few. Another area in which Japan is becoming a global leader is through the work of the EIM Japan National Center. Formally established on July 5, 2018, EIM […]
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Why Keep this COVID-19 Remedy a Secret?

August 4, 2020 by James F. Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM and Michael Pratt, M.D. M.P.H. FACSM
First, the bad news. There is no vaccine or cure yet for the COVID-19. The only approved drug has modest impacts. What would we give for a drug that would do the following? Improve immune and inflammation responses to viral infections Reduce psychological and physiological stress from the pandemic Help treat most of the pre-existing […]
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Shifting Gears on Transportation in a Pandemic World

July 20, 2020 by Gretchen Patch, M.P.H.
Gretchen Patch, M.P.H. is Director of Strategic Health Programs for the American College of Sports Medicine where she oversees the ACSM American Fitness Index and ActivEarth Initiative. She currently lives and works in Indianapolis, IN. If a physician prescribes a course of treatment to reduce a patient’s anxiety, improve sleep or deal with a chronic medical […]
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Being Active Now – A Different Spin

July 14, 2020 by Robyn Stuhr, M.A., ACSM-CEP, RCEP
Robyn Stuhr, MA, ACSM-CEP, RCEP is Vice President of Exercise is Medicine.  She shares her personal insights on pivoting one’s physical activity routine during the COVID-19 pandemic - using active transportation.  Robyn currently lives and works in Indianapolis, IN. We live in a new world where restaurants and shops are opening up in a limited […]
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EIM Argentina: Setting up a National EIM Network

June 5, 2020 by Jorge Franchella, M.D., FACSM
Since the beginning operations in 2012, the EIM Argentina National Center has been working to expand their reach to all corners of this vast country – the 8th largest in the world. How are they working to achieve this goal?  It all started with the idea of developing a team of EIM leaders in all regions […]
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Life in the Post-COVID Era: One Physician's Perspective on How to Think Forward

April 23, 2020 by Robert Zarr, M.D., M.P.H., Founder of Park Rx America
Dr. Robert Zarr is a board-certified pediatrician at Unity Health Care, located in Washington, DC, where he’s practiced for nearly 19 years. He is the founder of Exercise is Medicine partner, Park Rx America, a non-profit helping doctors connect patients to nature. Every day, I wake up to crunch the COVID-19 numbers with my son. For the […]
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A Clinician’s Thoughts about Self Care and Physical Activity during COVID

April 20, 2020 by Keri Denay, M.D., FACSM
As health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis, we are faced with challenges on many levels.  We’re on the front lines of patient care, adapting with telemedicine and being told to stay home and away from others when not at work. This instruction alone could put a damper on our overall health – mental, emotional […]
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COVID-19, Exercise, Children and their Developing Immune System

April 14, 2020 by Shlomit Radom-Aizik, Ph.D.
*This blog is also available in Spanish. Click here to read. Emerging epidemiological reports on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in children show that they are less likely than adults to be infected and have severe illness. Why do young children seem to be less affected by COVID-19? While there is currently no scientific-based data to answer this crucial […]
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COVID-19, Ejercicio, Niños y su Sistema Inmunitario en Desarrollo

April 14, 2020 by Shlomit Radom-Aizik, Ph.D.
Los informes epidemiológicos emergentes acerca del coronavirus (COVID-19) en niños, muestran que éstos son menos propensos que los adultos a infectarse y enfermarse gravemente. ¿Por qué los niños pequeños parecen ser menos afectados por el COVID-19? Si bien actualmente no hay datos con base científica para responder a esta crucial pregunta, los investigadores han centrado […]
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A Call to Action: Physical Activity and COVID-19

April 3, 2020 by Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM & Mike Pratt, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
*This blog is also available in Spanish. Click here to read. Exercising is probably not top of mind as we struggle with how to protect ourselves, our families and our communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Perhaps it should be, because physical activity can be a valuable tool for controlling COVID-19 infections and maintaining quality of […]
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La actividad física puede ser útil en la pandemia de coronavirus

April 2, 2020 by Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM & Mike Pratt, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
Hacer actividad física probablemente no sea una prioridad en medio de nuestra preocupación por protegernos a nosotros mismos, a nuestras familias y a nuestras comunidades durante la pandemia de coronavirus (COVID-19). Pero cuidado, quizás debería serlo, porque la actividad física puede ser una herramienta valiosa para controlar las infecciones por COVID-19 y mantener la calidad […]
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Opportunity for EIM Credentialed Pros & ACSM Certified Pros

March 25, 2020 by Liz Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, FAMSSM and Robyn Stuhr, M.A., ACSM-CEP, RCEP
The team at Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) would like to make you aware of an emerging opportunity for ACSM certified exercise professionals and those with the EIM credential.   One third of American adults have prediabetes (fasting blood glucose: 100-125 mg/dL or HbA1c 5.7 - 6.4%), and most are unaware they have it.  Without intervention, most […]
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Identifying Key Physical Activity Categories & Topics to Include in Health Care Training

March 24, 2020 by Rachele Pojednic, Ph.D., Ed.M.
We know that health care is an important sector in promoting physical activity (PA). However, few health professional training programs include PA, nor does standardized guidance exist on implementing it in the curriculum. A new study, conducted by several members of the EIM Education Committee, aimed to fill this gap by gathering expert opinion on […]
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Staying Active During COVID-19

March 20, 2020 by Liz Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, FAMSSM
*UPDATED 4/8/2020* Evolving public health guidance will result in changing recommendations on safe physical activity from the team at Exercise is Medicine. We are committed to providing the most up-to-date guidance possible to maintain healthy physical activity. The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents some challenges to maintaining a physically active lifestyle. COVID-19 is spread by […]
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Physical Activity Assessment and Counseling in Pediatric Clinical Settings

February 28, 2020 by Felipe Lobelo, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA
Over the last decades overall youth physical activity levels have decreased. Coupled with rising rates of obesity, increases in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and declines in estimated life expectancy, the role of physical activity on child and later adult health remains an important component of preventive care and disease treatment. Despite the […]
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Meet the Speaker: Narlon C Boa Sorte Silva, BSc

February 20, 2020 by Exercise is Medicine
Narlon C Boa Sorte Silve, BsC in Physical Education Ph.D. Candidate at School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences | Western University in Canada ACSM Annual Meeting Highlighted Symposium: Exercise and Dementia: Current Evidence and Opportunities in Prevention and Treatment |  Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 3:15-5:15pm PST Born and raised in Brazil, Narlon C Boa […]
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Meet the Speaker: Lindsay Nagamatsu, Ph.D.

February 20, 2020 by Exercise is Medicine
Lindsay Nagamatsu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Kinesiology | Western University in Canada ACSM Annual Meeting Highlighted Symposium: Exercise and Dementia: Current Evidence and Opportunities in Prevention and Treatment |  Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 3:15-5:15pm PST Vancouver native, Lindsay Nagamatsu, Ph.D., completed all three of her degrees (B.A., M.A. and Ph.D.) in Psychology at the University of British […]
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EIM in Chile

November 22, 2019 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACSM
Clínica MEDS, established in 1992, is the leading sports medicine center in Chile with nine clinics across the country. Their commitment to promote physical activity as an integral part of an individual’s health and well-being is demonstrated through their decision to host the EIM Chile National Center. This past year, seven Clínica MEDS sites took […]
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EIM On Campus Profile: Baldwin Wallace University

November 19, 2019 by Amy Jo Sutterluety
Despite toasty weather, on Tuesday, October 1st students, staff and faculty of Baldwin Wallace University met on campus for the 30-Day Walking Challenge Kick-Off event. Provost Stephen Stahl declared October as Exercise is Medicine On Campus month, and participants walked along the new Wellness Walking Path. Along the new path, Stinger logos are painted to […]
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Community Care Clinic of Rowan County

October 22, 2019 by Jenn West
The Community Care Clinic of Rowan provides medical services at no cost to low income, uninsured adult residents living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (currently $23,540 for individual and $48,500 for a family of four) in Rowan County, North Carolina. These residents experience chronic disease at higher rates than insured residents with […]
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EIM-OC Mascot Challenge Voting OPEN!

October 14, 2019 by Shelby Mandla, EIM Program Manager
Exercise is Medicine® On Campus Mascot Challenge  There were 31 schools who braved the third annual Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) Mascot Challenge! The EIM-OC Committee is excited to share these videos and hopes you will consider voting on your favorite video.  The video with the most likes or “thumbs up” on their video by 5 […]
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EIM On Campus Profile: Yale University

September 5, 2019 by Brooks Leitner
Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) at Yale University emerged in 2018 when a group of motivated medical students wanted to bring change onto their campus. The group was co-founded by MD/PhD student Brooks Leitner; Dr. Melinda Irwin, Ph.D., MPH, who has given keynote lectures at ACSM meetings; Tara Sanft, M.D., a medical oncologist; Scott Capozza, PT, […]
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EIM On Campus Profile: Michigan State University

August 14, 2019 by Jim Pivarnik, PhD, FACSM, Kristin Traskie, MPH, & Kerri Vasold
The Michigan State University Exercise is Medicine On Campus initiative is IMPACTFUL. Through the initiative we have expanded our student’s knowledge beyond the physical and we educate them about positive benefits of regular physical activity on mental and social health as well as academic success.  Furthermore, we have worked to debunk the misperception that exercise […]
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EIM Partner: Park Rx America

July 15, 2019 by Dr. Robert Zarr
Exercise is Medicine® is proud to announce it's new partnership with Park Rx America!     Park Rx America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate health professionals about the benefits of prescribing nature and to provide an electronic platform through which registered health professionals can easily locate and prescribe visits to nearby nature-rich […]
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EIM Country Highlight: Integrating Physical Activity into Hong Kong Public Health Clinics

June 19, 2019 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACSM
A little more than three years ago, Professor Stanley HUI, Director of the EIM Hong Kong (EIM-HK) National Center, approached the Hong Kong Jockey Club with the idea of integrating physical activity into the Hong Kong public health system and connecting patients to trained exercise professionals in community settings. After nearly two years of refining […]
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EIM Greenville Testimonial

May 9, 2019 by Lee Ann Ragsdale
"At 296 pounds I did not enjoy life. I had no energy or desire to do anything, and I forced myself out of bed just to go to work every day. When my doctor suggested the Exercise is Medicine program, I was interested but I couldn’t say I was thrilled. However, I knew something had to give and […]
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2019 European Initiative for Exercise is Medicine

April 25, 2019 by Willem van Mechelen, MD, PhD, FACSM
In 2015, the European Initiative for Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) was founded as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization as the EIM Center for Europe, in close collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The Mission: It was felt that more should be done to address physical inactivity and to promote exercise in health […]
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EIM On Campus Profile: Glendale Community College (AZ)

April 11, 2019 by Louise So, M.A
Glendale Community College (GCC), serves a population of over 20,000 students in Glendale, Arizona. It is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. GCC has an exceptionally active Fitness & Wellness Department and Employee Wellness Program on campus. To enhance the wellness of our students and employees, GCC has incorporated Exercise […]
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Augusta Health Fitness: Cancer Rx

March 20, 2019 by Sharon Spalding, Cancer Exercise Specialist
Stop by the medical fitness space of Augusta Health on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, and you may be surprised to see and hear some of the participants. They might be moving slowly, or they may be going at a brisk pace. They could have lost their hair or have a pretty scarf on their head.  […]
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EIM Malaysia: A Phoenix Rises from the Ashes

March 13, 2019 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACSM
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) was first introduced to Malaysia in 2013 through the support of the Malaysian Olympic Committee. During its first years of existence, EIM Malaysia trained more than 270 health care providers and exercise professionals across the country. Unfortunately, EIM Malaysia disbanded three years later due to a change in leadership and direction […]
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Become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

December 3, 2018 by Cathy Mullooly, MS, RCEP, CDE
As more and more individuals are diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes, there is an even greater need for professionals with expertise in lifestyle management to help them prevent or control their diabetes. Exercise physiologists have an opportunity to join the healthcare team by expanding their knowledge and scope of practice as certified diabetes educators. An […]
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EIM Poland: A Success Story Born Out of Humble Origins

November 26, 2018 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACSM
Many times, the launch of an Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) National Center is initiated by a Ministry of Health, a national sports medicine organization or a major health care system. EIM Poland had a much humbler beginning, guided by two visionaries: Dr. Anna Plucik-Mrożek, an internal medicine physician, and Malgorzata (Gosia) Perl, a certified exercise […]
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ACSM/EIM Partners with American Association of Nurse Practitioners

November 10, 2018 by Exercise is Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine  (ACSM) and Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) excitedly announce a new partnership with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP), the largest full-service national professional membership organizations for nurse practitioners of all specialties with more than 91,000 members. AANP seeks to empower all nurse practitioners (NPs) to advance quality health […]
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Compelling Study Shows High Levels of Fitness Equals Lowest All-Cause Mortality

October 26, 2018 by Elizabeth A. Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
A study recently published in JAMA Network Open looking at more than 120,000 adults who had a treadmill exercise test found that those who were at the highest level of cardiorespiratory fitness (aka, elite performers) had the lowest all-cause mortality rates. There was “no ceiling” on fitness and mortality; those with the highest fitness –2 standard […]
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Translating Scientific Information into Ready-to-Use Recommendations

October 1, 2018 by Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM
What does it MEAN? Too often in our day-to-day interactions with clients and patients we inadvertently use terminology and lingo that has become common for us as we interact with colleagues; yet it is anything but clear for most people outside of our field. Consider these examples: What is VO2max and how does it reflect […]
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National Center Spotlight: EIM Canada

January 31, 2018 by EIM Canada
Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) in Nova Scotia, a province in Eastern Canada, was selected to present at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Nova Scotia Health Authority as one of the 20 most innovative approaches to supporting healthy people, healthy communities – for generations. Here, we take a deeper look at the key strategies undertaken by EIM […]
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